Laumua o Tumua Afega are the winners of the inaugural Vaiala Ulalei National 7s tournament held on Saturday 16 December 2023 to mark the opening of the Club’s new fields and Taula Stadium.
Laumua edged out the Moataa Whites in a hard fought final. The two sides had met in the final of the 2023 Iva International 7s in October, where Moataa had come away with the win.
Taking out the historic first ever Vaiala Ulalei 7s tournament makes it back-to-back victories for Laumua o Tumua, who had also won the Tepatasi Sunrise 7s two weeks ago.
Enosa Auvaa was awarded Player of Tournament, playing in the forwards and also covering the backs throughout the day.
In the absence of a team from Tama Uli in this competition, Laumua o Tumua had the services of Enosa Auvaa and speedster Naturo Unasa Salatielu over the weekend.
Developing from Laumua o Tumua are Malijanjove (Jovi) Magalogo and Liu Manu, younger brother of World Cup centre Tumua Manu.
Laumua o Tumua pooled with back-to-back Vodafone 7s champions, Marist St Joseph and Uso Satalo. Laumua defeated Satalo in the pool games, however, they went down to Marist in the pool games.
Marist had lost to Uso Satalo in the pool games and it came down to a points differential allowing Laumua to advance to the semifinals with just one try ahead of Marist.
Laumua o Tumua defeated Tepatasi in the semifinal before meeting Moataa in the final. Moataa had defeated hosts Vaiala Ulalei in the other semifinal.
The championship cup trophy was donated by the family of the late Patu Ativalu Tunupopo, who had been an avid supporter of the Vaiala Ulalei rugby club.
The Vaiala Ulalei National 7s wraps up the rugby 7s calendar for this year. Organizers of the event say they are looking at lifting the next tournament to International 7s status, and hope to include teams from overseas.